Following an outstanding meet in which he was the 2011 Thoroughbred Owner of the Year at Los Alamitos, Mike Flory is looking for a repeat. Flory finished the season with a remarkable 31 wins from 88 starters for a win ratio of 35.2%. Flory’s horses finished in the money a jaw dropping 75% of the time in 2011. His number of Thoroughbred victories is the second highest ever for an owner at Los Alamitos Race Course.
“I’d like to move across town with my horses, but if I stay at Los Alamitos forever I would love that as well,” said Flory, while accepting his Owner of the Year award at the PCQHRA Awards Banquet, accompanied by his wife, Mindy.
The owner grew up in Fullerton with his parents and twin brother, Rob. His mother, Jan Flory, was the mayor of Fullerton and served on the City Council for several years. Mike Flory attended Fullerton High School, Fullerton College and Graduated from California State University Fullerton. After college Mike attended law school at Western State University, Fullerton, where he graduated Cum Laude. He put himself through college and law school by working various jobs, including bus boy and waiter. His dedication and strong work ethic was seeded in him as a young boy, as at the age of eight years old, he delivered newspapers in Fullerton.
Years later and his passion for racing is now obvious. Since 2005, Flory has raced in his own name or in partnership over 250 horses and has visited the winner’s circle over 60 times. In 2011, Flory enjoyed his first victory on February 4 with Chobe Chicka and his 31st win of the year with For Contrast on December 18. Golden Gab was the top horse in his stable with three victories, but he also enjoyed two wins each from For Contrast, Ahh Lover, Wetaskiwin, Fall Apart, Wild Fleece, Cruz’n Kitty and Free Dime Trick. Working with trainer Keith Craigmyle, Flory enjoyed victories with 22 different Thoroughbreds in 2011.